Phil Mickelson clinches spot on US Ryder Cup team

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KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. — Phil Mickelson won’t have to spend the next three weeks wondering if he’ll be in the Ryder Cup.

In the final qualifying event for eight Americans to earn their way onto the team, there was no change after the PGA Championship. Mickelson was holding down the No. 8 spot, and he was assured of qualifying for the ninth consecutive time when neither Bo Van Pelt nor Steve Stricker could make a run on the back nine at Kiawah Island.

Tiger Woods again led the standings.

Also qualifying were Bubba Watson, Jason Dufner, Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson, Zach Johnson and Matt Kuchar. Dufner, Bradley and Simpson will be playing for the first time. The Ryder Cup is Sept. 28-30 at Medinah.

Davis Love III will announce his four captain’s picks in three weeks.

MASTERS INVITE: At 38 years old, Englishman David Lynn had never played a golf tournament in America before this week’s PGA Championship.

With his runner-up finish, he guarantees at least two more major visits next year.

Lynn’s Sunday 68 locked up invitations to next year’s Masters Tournament and PGA.

“I’ve just done an interview for Sky, and he’s just said it gets you in the Masters, which is just a dream come true, obviously,” said Lynn. “If that is the case then that’s amazing.”

The top four finishers qualify for the next season’s Masters, and Lynn was the only player among the group not already assured of a spot in the field at Augusta National.

Swainsboro’s Blake Adams and Welshman Jamie Donaldson missed qualifying for the Masters by one shot.

Lynn, however, is thrilled for the chance.

“Seeing Augusta as many times as I have, it’s like I know the place and I’ve never even been there,” Lynn said. “So actually going and getting to experience it is going to be amazing and something I’m really going to look forward to.”

Despite being a pro for 17 years, he’s only played in two career majors. He tied for 53rd at the 2003 British Open.

“So I’ve never missed the cut in a major,” he said.


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